In a huge year for tourism in Northumberland, the 1900 Festival takes place this year to celebrate 19 centuries of Hadrian’s Wall.
Events will take place throughout 2022 along the 73-mile-long wall, culminating with the Festival of Saturnalia in December where towns along the wall will hold their own celebrations.
And accommodation businesses along the wall are expecting a bumper year, with bookings already increasing for months to come. With a variety of places to stay across Northumberland, ranging from campsites and hostels to luxury hotels, visitors are spoiled for choice. Here are some ideas of places where you can stay.
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Military Road, Once Brewed, Bardon Mill, Hexham, NE47 7AN
A hostel located inside the Sill Landscape Discovery Centre, YHA The Sill, just a few hundred meters from one of the most visited sections of Hadrian’s Wall and Sycamore Gap. Housesteads and Vindolanda are also nearby.
There’s a licensed bar, free parking, and a bike shop, while the Discovery Center has a museum, gift shop, and viewing platforms.
With shared rooms from £25 and private rooms from £29, this is a good budget option in Northumberland National Park.
Hadrian’s Holiday Lodges
Four Wynds, Longbyre, Greenhead, CA8 7HN
Hadrian’s Holiday Lodges are on the border of Northumberland and Cumbria and right on Hadrian’s Cycle Route (Cycle Route 72).
There are dining and bed and breakfast options, the latter using organic and local ingredients.
Pets are allowed, and the hosts can help plan your itinerary and arrange transportation.
Bed and breakfasts in Carraw
Carraw Farm, Humshaugh, Hexham NE46 4DB
Although listed in Fourstones, this boutique style B&B is on the B6318 in the Northumberland National Park and you’ll need a car or bike to get there.
Focused on sustainability, Carraw uses organic and local foods and has reduced the use of single-use plastic.
It is just over half a mile from one of the hidden gems of Hadrian’s Wall, the Temple of Mithras. To the west you will also find Housesteads Roman Fort, The Sill and Sycamore Gap all within a ten minute drive.
Twice Brewed Inn
Bardon Mill, Hexham, NE47 7AN
Just down the road from the threshold on the military road, Twice Brewed Inn is a three star bed and breakfast with a pub, restaurant and brewery.
During the day you can explore nearby Roman sites such as the Roman Army Museum, Vindolanda and Housesteads or take a day trip to Hexham or Corbridge.
At night, Twice Brewed also hosts stargazing parties which are timed to ensure the moon does not interfere with viewing Northumberland’s dark, sheltered skies.
Livestock Hill Farm
Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle, NE49 9NW
Herding Hill Farm near Haltwhistle is a campsite that offers glamping pods, a luxury lodge and even campervan hire. Facilities include a barbecue hut, a children’s farm and a children’s playground. The farm has received a 5 star rating from Visit England.
The site’s Wigwam Cabins are named after the best-known monuments of Hadrian’s Wall, including Steel Rigg, Birdoswalds, Segedunum and Arbeia.
There are 13 gravel pitches, so if you have your own tent you can also book there.
Vallum Lodge, Bardon Mill, Hexham NE47 7AN
The family-run Vallum Lodge offers guest house accommodation just 800 meters from Steel Rigg.
Breakfast is served and you can also get a packed lunch if you order in advance. Come back from a walk to relax in the lounge, which has an honesty bar stocked with cold local beers, soft drinks and snacks.
Layside, Bardon Mill, Hexham, NE47 7HD
The brainchild of a couple who spent their first date at Chesters Roman Fort, Layside Bed & Breakfast was designed to offer guests luxury and privacy.
Surrounded by woodland in the Tyne Valley, there are three bedrooms offering stunning views of Northumberland from the guests’ own terrace. It’s dog friendly too!
The Bowes Hotel
Bardon Mill, Hexham, NE47 7HU
Part hotel and part pub in the village of Bardon Mill, The Bowes Hotel is a bed and breakfast style accommodation with six bedrooms which also serves evening meals. It’s had several names over the past 200 years, including Sportsman and The Greyhound.
The village is also well worth exploring – the village shop at Bardon Mill was voted Village Shop of the Year for the North East in The Daily Telegraph in 2013, while its town hall has been rebuilt for the purpose to be sustainable.
Wydon Farm, Haltwhistle, NE49 0LG
Wydon Farm is a working farm and Bed & Breakfast located on the National Trust Bellister estate. The accommodation is in a converted barn and has three en-suite bedrooms, one of which has a four poster bed.
The farm is within walking distance of Haltwhistle, and is also popular for fishing holidays, as it sits on the banks of the South Tyne River.
Breakfast is served on the farm with fresh eggs from free-range hens, for those choosing the full English option.
It may not date back as far as Hadrian’s Wall, but Langley Castle has a fascinating history and how likely are you to stay in an actual castle?
Located on a 12 acre wooded estate outside of Haydon Bridge, you will need a bike or car to get to the wall from there.
The 14th century castle also runs ‘Starry Knights’ tours where guests can head to the Kielder Observatory for stunning views of the night sky.
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